It's always a great time when I get to go back to the Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth. It helps when you're working with one of your favorite photographers, Clare Norton, and working with a fun couple like Amy and Derek. I met up with Amy about a week before the wedding to go over the final details. She seemed so laid back and relaxed. I love it when couples are just ready to get married, get dancing and have fun. Nervous brides can tend to make you nervous.
I've gone into great detail in previous write ups about why I love the Purpoodock (the proximity, the ambiance, the staff, etc.) so I won't list it all again. Doing receptions there, they always go very smoothly and everyone always has a great time. Amy and Derek's guests looked like a fun-loving crowd as soon as they filed in. We went with some instrumental, upbeat jazz for a fun feeling through cocktail hour.
Amy had requested the Bruins' goal song for the introduction music (Zombie Nation's Kernkraft) which, I guess, was a surprise for Derek. Everyone seemed pretty pumped when the music hit. We brought the bridal party in and Amy and Derek shared their first dance. We invited other couples out to the floor to join them about halfway through.
Dinner was served with some instrumental acoustic guitar. Still pretty upbeat, but really just background music to encourage people to converse while they ate.
We did the cake cutting, then a combined father/daughter, mother/son dance. Then, we were ready for some fun. The crowd took turns on the floor for the most part, rotating in and out for songs they wanted to dance to. There were a few people who were planted on the floor all night with no breaks. That's dedication!
The end of the night was pretty early as we wrapped things up at 7:45. It was a great time had by all, myself included! I can't wait to get back to the Purpoodock in May 2014!